Denzel Washington is an award-winning actor with a "penchant for giving four-star performances in two- to three-star pictures."  Some of his more recent works include Remember the Titans and The Great Debators. He won an Oscar for the police drama Training Day. He starred in Kenneth Branagh's Much Ado About Nothing as Don Pedro.
Washington won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a former slave in the Civil War drama Glory; he portrayed a navy psychiatrist who helps a troubled seaman in Antwone Fisher, as well as the executive officer aboard a navy submarine which undergoes a mutiny (Crimson Tide); and a tank commander investigating a potential medal recipient in Courage Under Fire.